Though you can't shake a smartphone this summer without hitting someone writing a BlackBerry obituary, AT&T is not even close to attending a funeral. Today, the carrier announced that it was adding three new BlackBerry devices to its roster, starting with the BlackBerry Torch 9810 later this month. It's all very good news for worried BlackBerry fans, who could see seven new handsets from the manufacturer through the end of 2011.
Almost three years after the birth of the T-Mobile G1, the world's first Android smartphone, we pause to take a look back at what the little green dude has given us. Sure, we've known that the OS has been very busy in the United States and around the world, but we really had no idea just how busy it was. And if we expanded the list beyond handsets not with U.S. carriers, it would be even longer.
Remember that it wasn't so long ago when Android was just a concept. And not long before that, the only android we knew was Data on "Star Trek." But now as its market share continues to grow and the OS has landed in the tablet space, Android has emerged as a powerhouse in the mobile space.
Editors' note: This list is current as of August 2, 2011. For brevity's sake, we've focused only on models previously or currently sold by U.S. carriers. … Read more
We may have a new window into Verizon Wireless' short-term Android plans thanks to a document obtained by Droid Life. Though leaks like these aren't completely reliable, a pair of HTC handsets and an LG device should join the Droid Bionic on the carrier's smartphone roster.
The HTC ADR6425, also known as the Vigor, could prove to be one of the most powerful Android handsets to date. Recent rumors point to a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a 720p HD display. Assuming HTC keeps pace with other specifications, we also might look for an 8-megapixel camera and up to 1GB RAM.
This is our first time hearing about the HTC ADR6330 so it's quite possible this is a special edition of the Droid Incredible 2. Pocketnow found a silver and white model this week, which closely resembles previous iterations of the Incredible line. … Read more
As the rumor mill surrounding the impending release of Apple's iPhone 5 continues to churn, wireless carriers find themselves in the mix, reportedly testing the latest version of the iPhone for network compatibility and stability.
The Guardian (U.K.) has filed a report saying that its sources claim that carriers have received the highly secure boxes that contain the iPhone 5 testing units from Apple."The next iPhones go for their testing inside locked and sealed boxes so that the carriers can carry out checks on their network compatibility in their labs."
The boxes are rarely opened … Read more
The mobile payments universe is expanding at a terrific rate, but the key players are still working their angles to convert amorphous opportunity into real, viable services that retail-hungry Americans will trust and use.
The companies are getting closer every day, as corporate heavy hitters bring weight, money, and experience to nimble start-ups through a web of partnerships. Traditional credit card brands, online payment companies, carriers, and smartphone manufacturers are all jumping into the game in various ways by joining to form coalitions, buying up tiny mobile payment start-ups, and attacking rivals' credibility by going straight for the panic button … Read more
A week after the making the first 4G LTE-enabled notebook available, Verizon today announced that it's about to ship the first Netbook that offers the same built-in superfast cellular Internet access, the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr.
Like the 4G LTE notebook, the Compaq Mini was initially announced at CES 2011. It's currently the only Netbook on the market that offers built-in 4G LTE and will likely remain that way for a long time, as Netbooks have been consistently losing popularity to tablets.
Equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250GB hard drive, and 1GB of DDR3 … Read more
It's without much fanfare that we learned about AT&T's Sharp FX Plus, a rather entry-level Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone that has been available since July 30. Like the Sharp FX before it, the FX Plus is positioned as a messaging phone targeting the younger set. However, it does get an upgrade with Android, and a much rounder body that smooths over some of its predecessor's rough edges.
In addition to a virtual keyboard equipped with Swype, the Sharp FX Plus has a slide-out QWERTY for composing longer texts and messages. The handset supports AT&… Read more
In late June, rumors started to fly that Motorola and Sprint were working on another portrait QWERTY Android device, and now, there's even more evidence that such a handset exists.
Last night, This is My Next published new images of what's being called the Motorola "Pax." Though we originally thought it might sport a slider design, the Pax looks to be similar to the Motorola XPRT with its slate design and touch-screen/QWERTY combo.
The big difference between the Pax and the XPRT is that the Pax is said to feature a dual-core processor and support for Sprint's new CDMA-based push-to-talk-service.
Not much else is known about the smartphone at this point, but we'll be keeping our ears and eyes open for more information.
Earlier this summer, Sprint and Motorola announced a renewed effort to bring more innovative devices to market together and promised to launch more than 10 new devices in 2011. Recent releases include the aforementioned XPRT, the Motorola Photon 4G, and the Motorola Triumph for Virgin Mobile. … Read more
Sprint is really stepping it up lately in the Android smartphone department with the HTC Evo 3D and the Motorola Photon 4G. Now it may have a couple more joining their ranks if this leaked Sprint road map is to be believed.
The document lists that among others, the Samsung M930 and the LG Optimus Black may be heading to the carrier soon. The M930 is an Android slider not unlike the Samsung Transform; the Optimus Black should be the CDMA version of the GSM phone with the NOVA display we saw at CES 2011. The M930 is said to … Read more
The dual-screen Kyocera Echo has become the latest Android smartphone to receive Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The update includes many of the standard Gingerbread features, along with pinch-to-zoom support, a Swype 3.0 virtual keyboard, and an improved downloads application.
Kyocera also is including a new Eco mode that's specifically designed for the Echo, which gives users the ability to better manage battery life. The application will change various power settings on the handset once it hits a preset, user-determined point. So for example, when the device reaches its chosen battery percentage, it will begin to conserve power … Read more